Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares

Reengaging Students through Relationship

  • Kirsten Hutchison
  • Tricia McCann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Bernie Neville, Kirsten Hutchison, Tricia Mccann
    Pages 1-12
  3. Bernie Neville
    Pages 13-24
  4. Tricia McCan, Brendan Schmidt
    Pages 25-35
  5. Kirsten Hutchison
    Pages 37-54
  6. Tricia Mccann
    Pages 55-67
  7. Caroline Walta, Kirsten Hutchison
    Pages 69-82
  8. Kirsten Hutchison, Don Collins
    Pages 83-95
  9. Stacia Beazley
    Pages 97-110
  10. Kirsten Hutchison, Bernie Neville
    Pages 111-115

About this book


Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares: Reengaging Students through Relationship explores approaches to engaging young people in schooling through advocacy models of student support. In Australia, as in many nations, increasing social, cultural and linguistic diversity in school populations is producing complex challenges for education systems, schooling, teaching and learning. This book shares research informed insights into the multi-layered approaches required to support vulnerable students and sustain school-based mentoring programs.  This edited collection covers theoretical and empirical perspectives on student disengagement from schooling through these key ideas:

• The benefits of advocacy and mentoring programs on learning and school culture, particularly for students who are at risk of disconnection from learning.

• Transforming schooling from the bottom up, by listening to students, teachers and principals and supporting educators in the development of situated and dynamic conditions for learning, through school-university partnerships.

•   The centrality of positive, caring teacher – student relationships, foregrounding emotional connection as a key component of effective learning, derived from the person-centred theory articulated by Carl Rogers.

Written by a team of academics, teachers and school principals, Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares: Reengaging Students through Relationship is a valuable resource for teacher educators, principals, teachers, student welfare counsellors and counselling practitioners.


advocacy counselling engagement mentoring student-teacher relationships

Editors and affiliations

  • Kirsten Hutchison
    • 1
  • Tricia McCann
    • 2
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityAustralia

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